Using Circumference Measures to Estimate Body Fatness
% fat = - 47.372 + (.579 x abdomen) + (.252 x hip) + (.214 x waist) + (.356 x BW)
- Provides reasonable estimate of body fat but it is not as accurate as skinfold and takes same time. Sources of error include difficulty in identifying the sites and an Inability to distinguish fat and muscle
Circumference measures are typically used to assess changes in body size or to assess waist to hip ratio. While probably not as accurate as skinfold assessments, circumferences can also be used to assess body fatness.